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List of famous people from New Jersey, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in New Jersey, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from New Jersey you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in New Jersey, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from New Jersey?" or "Which celebrities were born in New Jersey?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Ali Larter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 42

Birthplace: Cherry Hill, USA, New Jersey

Alison Elizabeth Larter (born February 28, 1976) is an American actress and model. She portrayed fictional model Allegra Coleman in a 1996 Esquire magazine hoax and took on guest roles on ...more

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 69

Birthplace: Summit, New Jersey, United States of America

Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Often described as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her ...more

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John Travolta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 65

Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and singer. Travolta rose to fame during the 1970s, appearing on the television series Welcome Back, ...more

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Tara Reid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 43

Birthplace: Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA

Tara Donna Reid (born November 8, 1975) is an American actress. She played Vicky in the films American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001) and American Reunion (2012), and Bunny Lebowski in The ...more

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Christina Milian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 37

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

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Laura Prepon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 38

Birthplace: Watchung, New Jersey, USA

Laura Helene Prepon hedonist (born March 7, 1980) is an American actress, director and author. She rose to fame with her role as Donna Pinciotti in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show (1998–2006). She ...more

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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 43

Birthplace: Livingston, New Jersey, United States of America

Chelsea Joy Handler (born February 25, 1975) is an American comedian, actress, writer, television host, producer, and activist. She hosted the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately on the E! ...more

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Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 74

Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

Michael Kirk Douglas (born September 25, 1944) is an American actor and producer. He has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy ...more

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Paul Rudd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 49

Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States of America

Paul Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and film producer. Rudd studied theater at the University of Kansas and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, before ...more

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Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 44

Birthplace: Pequannock, New Jersey, United States of America

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Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 76

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Joseph Frank Pesci ( PESH-ee, Italian pronunciation: [ˈpeʃːi]; born February 9, 1943) is an American actor and singer who is known for portraying tough, volatile characters in a variety of ...more

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Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 74

Birthplace: Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. (born November 17, 1944) is an American actor, director, producer, and filmmaker. He gained prominence for his portrayal of the taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma in the ...more

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Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 51

Birthplace: Tenafly, USA, New Jersey

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Lorne Michaels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 74

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Lorne Michaels, (born Lorne David Lipowitz; November 17, 1944), is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, actor and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live ...more

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Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 51

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Joseph James Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, mixed martial arts color commentator, podcast host, and former actor and television host. Rogan began a career in ...more

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Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 48

Birthplace: Red Bank, New Jersey, USA

Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, comic book writer, author, and podcaster. He came to prominence with the low-budget comedy film Clerks ...more

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Kevin Jonas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 31

Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, USA

Paul Kevin Jonas II (born November 5, 1987) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor, contractor, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame as a member of the pop rock band the Jonas Brothers, ...more

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Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 89

Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA

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Zach Braff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 43

Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, USA

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 77

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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Brian Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 59

Birthplace: USA, Ridgewood, New Jersey

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Bud Abbott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Dec. at 79 (1895-1974)

Birthplace: Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States of America

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Chris Christie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 56

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Age: 63

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From New Jersey
Dec. at 80 (1904-1984)

Birthplace: Red Bank, New Jersey, United States of America

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